Born in Liverpool and now based in London, Ruth Rowland has been working as a lettering artist for over two decades. When she first started in the area of illustrated type, it wasn’t a widely explored field. Her early influences were Modernist and Dada typography, Abstract Expressionism, and Punk.
Early in her career, she worked for a range of music clients including 4AD Records, Elton John, Joan Armatrading, UB40, Duran Duran and the Rolling Stones – often rendering their lyrics in illustrative lettering. More recently they’ve included James Blunt, John Lennon’s estate and Chrissie Hynde.
She continues to develop her style and approach, always looking for new ways of illuminating the alphabet.
After studying for her BA in Illustration in Newcastle upon Tyne, Ruth went to Central Saint Martin’s and did an MA in hand-drawn lettering, calligraphy and experimental typography.
In Ruth’s studio you'll find antique dip ink pens and Japanese brushes lying next to a Mac and Wacom tablet. She collects pens and brushes and uses them to work with ink on paper, which is then scanned and developed on screen in Photoshop and Illustrator.
Ruth delivers letter styles to order - wild or elegant, casual or ornate, edgy or playful… you can decide. Briefs usually range from one word or phrase to blocks of copy or full colour illustrations. She has always been fascinated with experimenting with words as images.
- Coca Cola
- Virgin Records
- Cosmopolitan Magazine
- Marks & Spencer
- Country Living Magazine
- Random House
- Neiman Marcus
- Newsweek Magazine